Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Juana Magnaye, a 59-year-old woman, went to California Hospital medical Center in Los Angeles Ca. on April 13, 2007 for a routine gallbladder operation performed by Dr. Tourah. What she got was a far more complicated and life threatening ordeal.
It is one thing for a doctor to make a mistake without negligence, admit it, and attempt to fix it. That can happen to anyone. However, what happened to Juana Magnaye was sinister and negligent to say the least.
Read about it here
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I hope you agree, because it looks like no more mail on Saturday. Finish reading here.
So, you want to know what is the difference between FICO, credit score, and credit report. You want to know about credit reporting agencies. You want to know how your score is determined. You want to know how your score can go bad...and how it can improve. You want to know where you can get your credit report and credit score and how often you should monitor it.
Well, I have got all that info in one easy to understand article, Everything You Need To Know About Your Credit Score.
My second friend informed me that Glen Becks’ 3/29/10 program is what peaked her curiosity. I just watched the show for myself. I would like to commend Mr. Beck for his attention to the issue and the many other topics he discussed such as- Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Jamie writes, "The Canton Massachusetts based Judge Rotenberg Educational Center uses electric shock administered in 2 second intervals as a means to discipline students."
On Wikipedia, I found that the Center is one of very few that makes extensive use aversives, like electric shock and withholding food, in its treatment and behavioral interventions.
Treatment? Huh, where I come from this is torture. As Jamie points out in her article, we don't shock inmates that have murdered, molested, and robbed....but, we are shocking one of the most vulnerable populations on earth....children with special needs.
Hey, what's next? When grandpa gets dementia and starts wandering the halls of the nursing home, refusing to eat, fighting care givers at bath time, etc... are we going to just shock him until he complies?
We get up in arms about terrorist being water-boarded, but what are we going to do when our vulnerable children are being tortured?
Please read Jamie Myles full article here-
Friday, March 26, 2010
Everyone has the right to their opinion; thanks to our forefathers, we even have the right to voice those thoughts without censorship. However, I think that with that freedom comes great responsibility. Words have consequences, and we have a responsibility to separate fact from fiction and opinion from reality.
That said, Tom Hanks is a blooming idiot. Read his remarks here
A few months ago I wrote a story about a teacher handing out porn to his students. Then, I recently wrote a story here about a 15-year-old child that was helped to get an abortion by her high school. The school put her in a taxi and sent her to planned parenthood, where she underwent a free abortion. Her parents were not informed that the girl was pregnant...much less sent to get an abortion...all during school hours.
While both of those stories were absolutely absurd to me, it really didn't shock me. People do stupid things under "good" pretenses all the time. However idiotic, indecent, and just plain morally wrong those involved in those incidences were, at least they can say they were not being malicious. They were doing those acts under the pretext of helping their students, not to hurt them.
Now, we get to a brand new news story. Al-Qaeda is now infamous for their brazen suicide bombing accomplishments and attempts. This behavior is also absurd to me, and just when I thought that I couldn't be shocked by what lengths these radical terrorists would go to blow up something, I am stunned. Unlike, the other stories, these terrorist are creating havoc for purely malicious reasons. Their entire being seems to surround creating hurt for others.
Just five ounces of PETN, an explosive, can bring down an airliner. We have all seen the news stories where Al-Qaeda terrorist strap this stuff to their body and try to blow everyone in radius up. America has took great lengths to make our airlines safe from these explosive devices. Now, female suicide bombers are being fitted with exploding breast implants and male terrorist are having explosives inserted into their buttocks. And, apparently, this new technique evades all routine safety precautions we have in place.
Continue to read the story here
On April 10, 2010, a new amusement park will open in San Antonio, Texas. But, this isn’t just any amusement park; this amusement park will cater to special needs children and their families. Morgan’s Wonderland will be the first of it’s kind. It will be the first theme park to be fully wheelchair accessible.
I have to admit that I was in tears as I looked at the Morgan’s Wonderland website. I have strived to bombard my handicapped daughter with activities that other children without special needs are blessed with. Last year, we were on vacation in Gatlinburg. I paid $130.00 to carry my daughter to Ripley’s Aquarium. That was a lot of money for a place so packed that my daughter was being trampled in her wheelchair and couldn’t even get up to the tanks to see anything. One museum that we visited had a separate paths for wheelchairs, but it bypassed 90% of the activities. When I carry my child to the zoo, the wooden fences are directly in her eye line and the activities do not have any adaptations that would allow her to participate. Meanwhile, other parents and kids are looking at my daughter and I as if we just need to stay home.
I am so happy that there is finally a place like Morgan's Wonderland that is there for my daughter and other special needs children.
Finish reading about Morgan's Wonderland here
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The Senate began debating the reconciliation (fix it) package on March 23, 2010 and are expected to vote on it later in the week. One proposal in the reconciliation package worth mentioning is a massive overhaul to the student loan programs.
Read about it here
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Find out about Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, Andrew Zimmern, and Adam Richman's shows here.
Monday, March 22, 2010
1 tbsp grated lemon rind
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup uncooked couscous
2 tbsp toasted and chopped pecans
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tbsp finely diced red bell pepper
2 mint sprigs
2 lemon slices
1. Combine first five ingredients and bell pepper in a saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil over medium heat and add couscous; stirring well.
3. Cover and remove from heat.
4. Let stand 10 minutes.
5. Stir in pecans and parsley.
6. Garnish with mint sprig and a lemon slice.
If you like this recipe, then check out some more here:
Fresh Herb and Heirloom Tomato Crostini
Crunchy Edamame Slaw
Shrimp Burgers with Spicy and Sweet Tartar Sauce
The Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans Act (H.R. 3590), better known to the public as the health care reform bill, passed in the House of Representatives on March 21, 2010.
There are certain benefits that will come into affect just six months after the President signs the bill. I have seen a lot of questions online about what they are, how they are paid for, and what it means for their own families.
Here is a list of the immediate benefits and how health care reform will be paid for:
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Idaho’s Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is at the forefront of a possible state v. federal government smack down. Gov. Otter is the first governor to sign a measure that will require his attorney general to sue the federal government if Congress passes health care reform which mandates citizens must purchase insurance. Virginia followed suit and 37 more states have similar measures pending.
Continue Reading here
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Losing A Job
The Warning Signs:
The words “layoff” and “fired” generally send an employee into rage. So companies are becoming a little more stealth with their terming. By the time you hear this warning language around the water cooler it may be too late, but at least you will know that repositioning doesn’t mean you might be getting a raise and new office.
Restructuring plan/ programming
Planned staffing reduction
Reduction of force
Global alignment/reduction of workforce
Aligning operations and resources
To finish reading about job loss and read the tips on getting a job: The Guide to Losing a Job and Finding a Job
Over 7,000 people die in the U.S. each year as a result of medication errors. Many of these errors are due to the doctor having sloppy handwriting that a pharmacy or nurse misreads. Handwriting may seem like a small thing, but in this case it is the difference between life or death. So, think about the small things in your life. Sometimes they add up to create big mistakes. For example, keeping your checkbook perfectly balanced. Three five dollar debits may sound like a small amount to go over your balance, but add the $30 to $40 dollar charge to each of them and 15 bucks just turned into over a hundred dollars.
To read the other 7 tips - Top Eight Tips to Mistake Proof Your Life